What Next For Stephanopoulos? Apparently Anything
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Dec. 12) -- Seems outgoing presidential aide George Stephanopoulos has quite the array of professional options. Last week he disclosed he would begin teaching at his alma mater, Columbia University, and today The Washington Post reported Stephanopoulos has inked a deal with ABC News after fending off offers from CBS and CNN and interest from NBC. He'll appear on ABC's Sunday program "This Week," teamed with conservative commentator William Kristol, and may also get his own shows on ABC's cable ventures like Arts & Entertainment and the History channel. But wait, there's more. He's recently joined the Washington Speakers Bureau Inc., and is expected to sign a book agreement in the near future. That movie deal can only be weeks away...
District To U.S.: Help!
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Dec. 12) -- The District of Columbia's oversight panel has called on the federal government to assume greater responsibility for the capitol's city services, to the tune of $1 billion. "The federal government has got to be our state," Stephen Harlan, vice chairman of the D.C. Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, told The Associated Press. He contends all other big cities are amply aided by their statehouses. With an enormous, unfunded pension burden imposed on the struggling city by Congress in 1979, D.C. wants the U.S. to take over Medicaid, prisons, roads and bridge construction. But Rep. Thomas Davis (R-Va.), who heads the committee that oversees the District, has indicated that any increased federal aid is contingent on D.C. first improving services and cutting costs.
Vote Counting Goes Slow In Teamsters Election
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Dec. 12) -- A federal official appointed to oversee the 1.4 million-member Teamsters Union presidential election is dismissing candidate James P. Hoffa's complaints of unfairness. What's undeniable is the process is going very slowly. Counting began Tuesday, and with only 8 percent of the votes counted by late Wednesday, Hoffa trailed incumbent Ron Carey 19,674 to 26,877. This is only the second democratic election in Teamster history, and its outcome could reverberate through all American unions.
Voting Irregularities Occurred In Dornan Race
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AllPolitics, Dec. 12) -- The recount has begun in the election between defeated Rep. Bob Dornan and Rep.-elect Lorretta Sanchez in California's 46th congressional district. Election workers have identified 126 absentee ballots that were submitted improperly and another 340 unaccounted-for ballots. Dornan hopes that if enough irregularities are found, officials will either nullify the Nov. 5 election, or Declare him the winner. The nine-term congressman is financing the recount, which is being done by hand at a cost of $358 per day. The Republican Party has so far not helped out, and Dornan has sent out fund-raising letters to supporters, urging them to fight "a great injustice." The recount should be completed by Dec. 20.
GOP To Push Tax Credit For Charitable Giving
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Dec. 12) -- GOP congressional leaders are promising action on their proposed $500 tax credit for charitable donations of the same amount to qualified, poverty-fighting organizations. "My efforts here in the Senate will move this to a top priority," Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) told CNN. "We think there are organizations outside of government -- Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, church relief programs -- that do a far more effective job at far less cost." The difference between Republicans' proposed tax credit versus the current deductions allowed for charitable giving is "day and night," said House Budget Committee chairman John Kasich (R-Ohio). Kasich said the credit allows a donor to subtract $500 from their tax bill, whereas a tax deduction only reduces taxable income. Kasich said the proposal would be funded by phasing out unwarranted tax breaks to corporations and by ending some existing welfare programs.
So How Much Did Perot Spend?
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Dec. 12) -- A post-election report filed with the Federal Election Commission indicates that Texas billionaire Ross Perot spent only $1,274.08 on his presidential run. That, of course, overlooks the $8.85 million he spent to support the "Perot Reform Committee," the vehicle he set up to qualify the Reform Party for the ballot. And that's just the money that was reported after the Perot Reform Committee registered as a federal committee. A Perot source estimates that roughly $1 million to $2 million was spent before that, bringing Perot's total personal spending in this election to between $10 and $11 million, compared to the $62 million he spent for his 1992 run. The recent disclosure reflects spending through Nov. 25, so Perot's official expenditures as a candidate will likely be higher. However, more than $50,000 would be a violation since Perot accepted federal funding.
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